Civil Beat Staff

Lauren Teruya

Lauren Teruya is a reporting fellow for Honolulu Civil Beat. She is one of  53 Poynter-Koch Fellows across the country.

Prior to joining the newsroom in July 2021, Lauren wrote and produced stories for the Hawaii News Now noon show, “This is Now.”

Lauren grew up in Honolulu, attending Iolani School for 13 years. She graduated with honors in 2021 from the University of Southern California with her bachelor’s degree in journalism and theatre and master’s degree in specialized journalism.

During her final year in college, she interned with the legal team at BuzzFeed News, investigating the damage and theft that occurred during the insurrection at the Capitol. Other publications she’s written for include L.A. Taco, Jackson Hole News & Guide and Dishing Magazine.

When she’s not working, Lauren is most likely exploring the outdoors or rehearsing for a show at Diamond Head Theatre. You can contact her at lteruya@civilbeat.org.

These Local Volunteers Are Chipping Away At Coral On Oahu — And It’s Legal Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat/2021

These Local Volunteers Are Chipping Away At Coral On Oahu — And It’s Legal

Researchers have launched an initiative allowing the community to participate in coral resilience efforts, saying they need “all hands on deck.”

Hawaii Gas Is Fined $230,000 For Violating The Clean Air Act Screenshot: Hawaii Gas Twitter

Hawaii Gas Is Fined $230,000 For Violating The Clean Air Act

The company’s synthetic natural gas facility in Kapolei was cited for a number of violations that threatened air quality, the EPA said.

Why Isn’t Affordable Housing In Kakaako More Affordable? Screenshot: Victoria Place Gallery Website/2021

Why Isn’t Affordable Housing In Kakaako More Affordable?

The trendy Honolulu neighborhood is a designated special “community development district.” But critics say it has done little to ease the island’s affordable housing crisis.

Here’s How Honolulu’s Climate Office Is Tackling Food Waste Lauren Teruya/Civil Beat/2021

Here’s How Honolulu’s Climate Office Is Tackling Food Waste

The Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency has big plans for a small $90,000 grant, starting with a pilot project in Chinatown.

Hawaiian Electric Vows To Cut Carbon Emissions By 70% In Less Than A Decade Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2016

Hawaiian Electric Vows To Cut Carbon Emissions By 70% In Less Than A Decade

The utility said it hopes to add 50,000 rooftop solar systems to the 90,000 already connected to the grid as part of that goal.

Hawaii Offers Free Trees For Planting On Arbor Day Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Hawaii Offers Free Trees For Planting On Arbor Day

A step toward Gov. David Ige’s vow in September to plant, conserve or restore 100 million trees on the islands by 2030.

Illegal Fishing Citations Are Down But Not Necessarily Due To A Drop In Violators Department of Land and Natural Resources/2021

Illegal Fishing Citations Are Down But Not Necessarily Due To A Drop In Violators

DLNR enforcement officers recently cited 12 divers for illegally removing undersized fish and for fishing without the necessary equipment.

Army Holds Large-Scale Readiness Exercise In Hawaii For The First Time Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Army Holds Large-Scale Readiness Exercise In Hawaii For The First Time

Commanders say the Joint Pacific Multinational Training Center drills are likely to continue to be held in the islands, which have more realistic terrain for war scenarios.

Chemical Shortages Are Hitting Hawaii From Pools To Breweries Lauren Teruya/Civil Beat/2021

Chemical Shortages Are Hitting Hawaii From Pools To Breweries

Supply chain snafus caused by the pandemic have pinched chemical supplies, leaving the city and businesses scrambling for alternatives or ways to get by with less.